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Happy Spring!

The first day of Spring is on Sunday, March 20th.  This is when the weather gets warmer, flowers start to bloom and we start to spend more time outside.  Look at the picture below. Is this what Spring looks like where you live?

Look at the picture again.
What do you see?  Can you name ten words?

  • I see …….

What colors do you see? Can you name ten colors?

  • I see ……

How does the picture make you feel?

  • It makes me feel …..

 

USEFUL VOCABULARY:
Mountains
Flowers
Lake
Trees
Clouds
Snow

Colors:
Fuchsia
Violet
Yellow
Orange
Pink
Maroon
White
Gray
Green
Blue

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Are you bored or boring?

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I”m so bored.

I’m so boring.

These two sentences may look almost the same but they have very different meanings.  When you say you are bored, you are saying that something is making you feel not excited.  Maybe you are bored because you are watching a bad movie.  Maybe you are bored because you are in a class that doesn’t interest you.   When you say you are boring, you are saying that you are not an exciting person.  Here are some more examples to help you better understand:

1. That class was boring.  I felt bored in that class.

2. Tom is a boring guy.  All he likes to do is play video games.  I am bored with I spend time with him.

The ‘ing’ in boring is talking about the person, place or thing that is making you feel a certain way.

The ‘ed’ in bored is talking about how you feel.

Here are some other adjectives that work in the same way:

excited / exciting – I was excited to go to on the trip.  The trip was very exciting.

annoyed / annoying – My boyfriend annoyed me last night.  He was very annoying.

interested / interesting – Kelly is interested in space travel.   Space travel is interesting to Kelly.

Some more examples:
fascinated / fascinating
tired / tiring
relaxed / relaxing
confused / confusing

Practice Time:

1.  You just saw a 3 hour documentary on insects.  You feel ____________.

2.  Jill just came back from a vacation in Athens, Greece.  She said it was ____________.

3. That math test was so _____________.  I think I answered most of the questions incorrectly.

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Is Learning English your New Year’s resolution?

New-Year_s-Wishes

It is the beginning of the new year and many people like to make New Year’s resolutions. So, what is a New Year’s resolution?  It is a promise we make to ourselves to improve something in our lives.   Here are ten of the most common resolutions:

  1. lose weight
  2. quit smoking
  3. get out of debt and save money
  4. get in shape
  5. eat healthy food
  6. drink less alcohol
  7. volunteer
  8. get a better job
  9. spend more time with family
  10. learn a new language

So, what are your new Year’s resolutions?  If improving your English is one of them, here are 3 tips to help get you started:

  • STUDY ENGLISH EVERY DAY.  Whether you study for one hour or ten minutes, make learning English part of your everyday life.
  • LEARN AT LEAST ONE NEW WORD A DAY. Sign up for a ‘word of the day email’ and try to use that new word throughout the day in speaking and/or in writing.
  • WRITE DOWN NEW EXPRESSIONS YOU HEAR. Keep a list of these new expressions on your smart phone (if you have an iPhone you can use the ‘notes’ app). Learn the meaning of these expressions and ask your English teacher or English-speaking friend how to use these expressions in conversation.  Lastly, start using them:)
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A Sky Full of Stars

Music can be a fun way to learn English.  Today I would like to share with you the song, “A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay.  Watch the video below.  While listening to the song, see how much of the song you can understand.   

Link to the Youtube Video of ‘Sky Full of Stars’

Now that you have watched the video, Here are the lyrics (words) to the song.  Listen to the video again while reading the lyrics below:

(Be)cause you’re a sky, cause you’re a sky full of stars
I’m going to give you my heart
(Be)cause you’re a sky, cause you’re a sky full of stars
And (be)cause you light up the path

I don’t care, go on and tear me apart
I don’t care if you do
(Be)cause in a sky, cause in a sky full of stars
I think I saw you

(Be)cause you’re a sky, cause you’re a sky full of stars
I want to die in your arms, arms
(Be)cause you get lighter the more it gets dark
I’m going to give you my heart

And I don’t care, go on and tear me apart
I don’t care if you do
(Be)cause in a sky, cause in a sky full of stars
I think I see you

Because you’re a sky, you’re a sky full of stars
Such a heavenly view
Such a heavenly view

Expressions:
Try and rewrite the expressions below using your own words. 

  • I’m going to give you my heart.
  • You light up the path.
  • I don’t care.   Tear me apart.
  • I want to die in your arms.
  • Such a heavenly view

Discussion:

  1. Who do you think this song is written for?
  2. If the song is written for a wife or girlfriend, do you think they are still a couple?  Why?
  3. Does he want to continue a relationship with this person?  
  4. Do you think the video fits the song?  Why?
  5. Where do you think the video was made?   Why?

Further Study:

This song was written by Chris Martin while he and his wife, the famous actress, Gwyneth Paltrow were having marital problems.   There were rumors that they were both cheating.  They are now separated and no longer living together.   Do you think think this song is written about Gwyneth Paltrow or possibly another woman? How do you think Gwyneth Paltrow may feel about this song?

Vocabulary:

1. When you cheat on someone you _________________________.
2. To spread rumors means to ______________________________.
3. Marital is the advective form of the word ___________________.
4. When you are separated from your husband or wife it means ____________________.   

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